Leopard Gecko Gut Loading
Leopard gecko supplementation can either be done via gut
loading or so-called
dusting or sprinkling. Gut loading refers to Leopard gecko food
items and literally translates to loading the intestines with a
highly nutritious food. Leopard gecko gut loading is done by feeding
insects a highly palatable and nutritious diet prior feeding. Insects are therefore the transport medium for
these minerals. Nowadays it is recommended to feed insects gut
loading foods for longer periods of time to improve their own
body composition in addition to filling the intestines.
Gut loading food can be in the form of dry
or fresh foods. A fresh mixture of everyday fruit and vegetable
remains can be fed to these insects. Dry gut loading foods
can be in the form of various commercial or self-made Leopard
gecko gut loading mixtures.
Cricket Gut Loading
Crickets are probably the most important
insect you will
feed to your Leopard gecko. Fortunately cricket gut loading is a
simple process and is simply done by replacing their regular
food with a high quality cricket gut loading food. Crickets
should be gut loaded forty eight to twenty four hours prior to
their offering to Leopard geckos.
Various commercial cricket
gut load foods are also available from the internet or some
specialized reptile pet shops.